Buckle up and get set to see the best of Oz via road with these great Australian driving routes.
Flying is quicker but in Australia it's certainly true that the journey can be as important as the destination, especially in a land dominated by expansive outback landscapes. In 'The 100 Greatest Holidays of Australia' list, road trips very nearly came out of top, only pipped by the opulence of a Kimberley cruise. So here are the 10 Greatest Roadtrips of Australia (with the number they finished overall in the 100 Greatest Holidays in brackets). Best hope you've got some long service leave up your sleeve. 1. Road trip the East Coast Escape,Tasmania (2) 2. Do the 'Big Lap', of...
10 reasons to pack the car for a road trip along NSW’s Pacific Coast this summer… 1. Bamboo Buddha A little piece of Bali hidden in the ’burbs of the Central Coast, this tranquil oasis quadruples as a bamboo nursery, vegetarian café, wellness centre and art gallery in one. We’re assured even meat-eaters will enjoy the menu, while weary drivers can get a hit of organic coffee in the exotic tea gardens. 2. Taste Around Hermitage See the Hunter Valley in half a day with a ‘Taste Around Hermitage’ tour, which takes in part of the Hermitage Food and Wine...
Remember that classic Australian children’s book, Storm Boy? This wild stretch of coastline was the setting for the adventures of Storm Boy, Fingerbone Bill and his friendly pelicans. The Coorong evokes all the raw beauty that made the book so special, with crashing surf, rolling sand dunes, coastal grassland, lakes, wetlands and long saltwater lagoons hugging the rugged coastline and of course, plentiful birdlife (some of which travels here from as far away as Alaska or Siberia). The Coorong National Park stretches over 130 kilometres, and the beach itself runs over 200 kilometres, uninterrupted except for where the mouth of...
From traditional landscapes to boundary-breaking contemporary works – these country and regional galleries are a destination in themselves. (By Susan Gough Henly) 1. Neram, Armidale, NSW Visit for Margaret Olley’s triptych, The Yellow Room, and explore the $36 million Howard Hinton Collection – an anthology from 1880 to 1948 with works by big name Australian landscape artists such as Arthur Streeton and Tom Roberts. Neram's onsite Harvest Café is also worth a visit, run by Rowan Tihema, formerly of Melbourne’s two-hatted Pearl Restaurant. (ph) 02 6772 5255. 2. Design Tasmania, Launceston Design Tasmania is the only museum of its kind...
When her parents arrive for a road trip, Jennifer Pinkerton gets a fresh take on family ties. My parents tip anxiously from foot to foot like pins standing at the end of a bowling alley lane. I approach the pick-up zone with caution. Their bags seem to house 50 wombats. Think oversized lumps choked by airport-issue tape. “There’s a reason these ‘heavy’ stickers show a picture of a man breaking his back,” I huff, lifting the load to the boot. “Should be a picture of you breaking your back,” Dad chortles back encouragingly. I’m not sure that’s funny. “It’s your...
Sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? But it is possible, as one Melbourne-based family will attest – after driving around Australia, then around the world with two littlies in the back, they’ve released a book on the topic. Mum Sandra Khazam shares her favourite pointers: 1. Before you go, involve kids in the planning so they know where you are all going and why. Depending on their age, they can also help with looking up things to do and places to stay. 2. Try to structure a trip that makes the journey as fun as the destination. Plan for activities...
Escaping the daily grind needn’t involve spending a week at the wheel. Lee Atkinson shares her pick of the best day drives that will take you down the road less travelled Photography by Lee Mylne Old Grafton to Glenn Innes Road, New South Wales Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory Heart of the Scenic Rim, Queensland Flinders Island, Tasmania Back roads through the goldfields, Victoria The Tin Horse Highway, Western Australia Lee Atkinson is the author of the Australian Road Trips smartphone and iPad app (available on iTunes and Android Market). For more information see ozyroadtripper.com.au ...
For most of us, Sydney to Melbourne is strictly a Hume Highway affair. But you’ll get a lot more than beautiful scenery if you ride the coastline instead, says Bridget Mahony I’ve been quite curious about the stretch of coastline between Sydney and Melbourne for a while now – especially since so many rush along the route, promising themselves they’ll return one day to explore the drive properly. So when Sydney began to brace herself for wild weather and flash flooding, I decided there was no better time to pack up, hire a car and head south. But I had no accommodation booked...
To get from Victoria to South Australia, many people choose the Great Ocean Road. Others follow the Murray from its source to the sea. But the inland route along the often-overlooked B12 highway is a drive worth taking for its historic country towns, grazing land, pink-hued lakes, salt dunes and wild mallee scrub. Text and images by Morne and Keturah de Klerk. Lanky eucalypts loom above the waters of Murray flood plains as the sun lowers itself behind them, leaving romantic reflections on the still waters. Magpies and kookaburras sing their goodnights. We are in Tooleybuc, NSW, at the start of...
Where Is It? All around Australia The Big Lap, as it’s known, is the ultimate driving journey Australians take when we realise there’s more to life than work. We cull all our stuff, kit up the car, get sorted with camping gear or caravans, and set off on the road to everywhere. Many of us do it when we retire. Some of the smarter ones among us do it before we’re tied down with careers at all. Still others return home from living overseas and head off, after guiltily realising we know more about the rest of the world we...
Where is it? Cairns, Qld, to Broome, WA. It’s the ultimate Aussie road trip at 3699km long. The 14-day trip (you can do it in less, but why would you?) will take you through 15 National Parks, five World Heritage areas and some of the most remote spots in Australia. “This is truly for the gutsy adventurer, but if you’re up for lying in your swag along the banks of a river with croc slide marks nearby the next morning, you’ll never forget this extraordinary experience.” Catriona Rowntree Stop along the way to go Barramundi fishing, and to take that...
Where is it? It’s our southernmost state. Mainland Australia is so vast, you should take at least a year off to drive all the way round it (see #5 on our list). But if you have a hankering to circumnavigate something by car and don’t have that kind of time on your hands, head to Tassie. The state can be explored in a ten-day loop, with an itinerary that includes Hobart, Bruny Island, the East Coast, Launceston, Cradle Mountain, Strahan. Campervans are available for hire as soon as you jump off the plane from interstate – all you need to...
Where is it? A patch of semi-arid country leading inland from The Great Australian Bight in south-eastern WA and south-western SA You might think that driving along a flat, straight road for four days doesn’t sound very exciting, especially when you can fly through it overnight by train, but it’s something every Australian traveller should consider in their lifetime. Nullarbor “no trees” Plain is just like what most people think the entire interior of our country is like before they’ve actually been out there and experienced its diversity. The former ancient sea bed is pretty flat with low scrub for...
Elisabeth Knowles takes the long and winding road from Drouin and back via Walhalla, Mount Baw Baw, Noojee and Neerim. The word “hinterland” is an evocative one. It makes me think of rolling green hills along the lines of the kind you’d find in the Byron Bay Hinterland or the Gold Coast Hinterland. It promises a region bounded by waterways – be they rivers or the sea (hence the green). The West Gippsland Hinterland certainly delivers on the green front, but it also offers white, by way of the snow at Mount Baw Baw in winter. It’s so much more...
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